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For Immediate Release
Contact:   Sherry Milligan

Media Advisory

What :Speech by Dr. Carolyn Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

When :Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, 10:15 – 11 a.m.

Where :Las Vegas Convention Center (Room N245-251)

Photo and Interview Opportunities :

Interview following her speech at 11 a.m.


Government Official Addresses
AARC Convention
on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Attendees at the American Association for Respiratory Care's International Respiratory Congress in Las Vegas will hear from a leader in the research community, as Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) at the Department of Health and Human Services, takes the podium for the keynote address.

 A general internist and health services researcher, Dr. Clancy's major research interests include improving health care quality and patient safety and reducing disparities in care associated with a patient's race, ethnicity, gender, income, and education. As director of the AHRQ, she launched the first annual reports to Congress on health care disparities and health care quality.

 “With all of the current activity aimed at health system transformation, there are many opportunities for respiratory therapists to enhance their value to patients and to help make the system better,” Dr. Clancy said. “I am honored to have been chosen as the keynote speaker for the Association's 56th International Respiratory Congress.”

Dr. Clancy is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Following clinical training in internal medicine, she was a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the AHRQ in 1990, she was also an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia.

Dr. Clancy served as the director of the AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research before being appointed director in 2003. She was reappointed to the director's position in 2009, and she also serves as a clinical associate professor in the department of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is a senior associate editor of Health Services Research and sits on multiple editorial boards, including those for the Annals of Internal Medicine , Annals of Family Medicine , American Journal of Medical Quality , and Medical Care Research and Review .

A member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Clancy was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2004, and in 2009 she received the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research.



The American Association for Respiratory Care is a 50,000 member professional association of respiratory therapists. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness of lung health issues and providing information about lung disease. The AARC is holding its 56 th International Respiratory Congress in Las Vegas, Dec. 6-10.